How Long Have Held Off Reading A Book?

Lately, I've been catching up on my reading. More specifically, I've been reading high profile novels that I bought and meant to read years ago: Tom Rachman's The Imperfectionists, Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story, and Jennifer Egan's A Visit From The Goon Squad, all from 2010. (They were all pretty… » 10/25/14 8:11pm 49 minutes ago

It seems to me that video games are the only entertainment medium in which the audience's relationship to is distinctly antagonistic. Nobody says that they "beat" a movie or a novel. (Maybe they would if they were really long or abstruse, like Gravity's Rainbow or Berlin Alexanderplatz, but most people read or go to… » 10/24/14 7:16am Yesterday 7:16am

I've never been a huge DC fan, but wasn't the whole point of the New 52 to make the DC Universe more "movie-able," stripping away decades of continuity and backstory so that the characters would be younger, hipper, and cooler, easier for mainstream audiences to understand? (You could tell from some of those early… » 10/22/14 9:56am Wednesday 9:56am

Wasn't the basic idea of the Defenders that they were (in Marvel's own words) a "non-team," with no official charter, membership, or mission statement, just a bunch of random, seemingly unrelated heroes who got together from time to time and did whatever (though "whatever" usually meant saving the world). It seems… » 10/21/14 12:48pm Tuesday 12:48pm

Though I'm sure that if you looked at the average trailer from 1979, or 1961, or 1971, or 1975, they'd be pretty pedestrian and would make even good movies look boring and generic. If you watch the very first teasers for Star Wars or Fellowship of the Ring, they look like crappy genre movies, with no sense of what… » 10/19/14 3:19pm 10/19/14 3:19pm

One thing that becomes apparent if you watch the Marvel movies in order is that they only very gradually upped the weirdness/"comic book" quotient over time. Iron Man is a pretty conventional action movie in a lot of ways, its sequel even more so. What sets it apart from other superhero origin stories is the hero. … » 10/19/14 12:40pm 10/19/14 12:40pm